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New Boy Scout Advancement Requirements 
Announced for 2016

Big changes are coming for Boy Scout advancement. 
See the Advancement Page for details.


Change to Council Policy for Youth Protection Training
effective June 2015

**Please note** Effective immediately, the Baden-Powell Council has established stricter Youth Protection Training (YPT) 
requirements that supersede the National Policy.  

These requirements are the following:

  • NEW volunteers must submit the Youth Protection Training certificate of completion with their adult application in order to register. (The National BSA policy allows 30 days after submitting the application.)
  • Your certificate must remain current through your entire registration period...for this reason, you are encouraged to take YPT every year to ensure that it will not lapse during your registration period!  

Please keep these council requirements in mind as you proceed to the National BSA website for additional information and to take the online training.


Coming up - Visit Camp Barton on August 1st!

Looking for a fun way to invite that neighbor you always thought should get back into Scouts? Want somewhere to invite that parent with a boy who's starting kindergarten and not quite ready to be at a Cub Scout Meeting? Eager to get a former scout to re-engage, but you want to be sure to avoid the "donation plea" of other events? Just want to be at Barton to enjoy yourself?

Look for our Alumni Gathering at Barton coming up August 1, 2015 … enjoy an easy afternoon of fellowship, the opportunity for a service project and the chance to talk with other committed scouters back after a day or a lifetime of service. You can even earn the "Grey Hare" segment for your old Barton "B"!


Congratulations Jimmy Whitehead
Troop 2's newest Eagle Scout!
June 22, 2015

See the District Scrapbook for more pictures. 


Troop 55 Celebrated its 55th birthday
June 19, 2015

"Happy Birthday" to Troop 55! 
See more photos on this special page


Congratulations Liam, Aidan, Gage and Jonathan
Troop 13's latest Eagle Scouts!
June 11, 2015

Troop 13 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Camp Barton on 6/11/15 and awarded Liam Delaney, Aidan Kaplan-Wright, Gage Stepp and Jonathan VanValen Scouting's highest honor.

Read an article about the four Eagles on the Ithaca Journal website


BSA prohibits use of pre-2005 15-passenger vans

Fully loaded 15-passenger vans, like the ones you might use to haul a bunch of Scouts to camp, can be more dangerous than you might think.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says 15-passenger vans with 10 or more occupants are three times more likely to roll over than ones carrying fewer than five passengers.

That’s why all Scouters should take heed of this breaking BSA news: Effective Sept. 1, 2015, the use of 15-passenger vans manufactured before 2005 will no longer be allowed in connection with Scouting programs and activities.

15-passenger vans manufactured in 2005 or later may be used, as long as they are equipped with Electronic Stability Control and seat belts for all passengers and the driver.

This applies to all vehicles, regardless of ownership (privately owned, owned by chartered organization, rentals, etc.).

Read the full information on the Scouting Magazine Blog at:
http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/02/13/no-more-pre-2005-15-passenger-vans/


New BSA National Website for Scouting Information and News

A new resource for all Scouters was unveiled at the national committee meetings this week: Scoutingwire (not to be confused with Scout Wire). The URL is http://scoutingwire.org/ and you can subscribe to regular updates. Scouters in Taughannock District units should consider signing up - it looks like it should be a great resource. The Winter issue of The Commissioner newsletter is one of the first articles.


New BSA Merit Badge Counselor Newsletter

The Advancement Team has issued a new newsletter for MB Counselors called the "Counselor's Compass". You may subscribe by sending an email to merit.badge@scouting.org with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. In the body of the email include your name, email address, and Council name.

The December issue may be viewed at: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/512-937_Dec2014.pdf


BSA National's Recruiting Materials Website

Try http://www.scouting.org/Home/Marketing/Recruiting_Build.aspx
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA recruiting theme.
For the 2014 "Badge of Honor" materials, use  http://www.scouting.org/badgeofhonor.aspx


Materials to help with your unit's recruiting efforts

Peer-to-Peer Business Cards

The best recruiters for your unit are your present members! Prospective Cubs or Scouts will be much more likely to take a look at your unit if they're asked by someone their own age. National has provided forms for  Peer-to-Peer Business Cards you can use for your unit. Print these cards on pre-perforated Avery 8371 or Staples 12522 Business Cards or the equivalent, or print on plain 8˝x11" card stock and cut them to size on a paper cutter. Hand them out to your youth members and let them give the cards to prospective recruits!

  • Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Boy Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Happy Halloween Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - with Taughannock District website and e-mail - PDF

Trifold Brochures

These brochures describe Cub Scouting or Boy Scouting, and list all of the Packs or Troops in the county with their contact information. They're perfect for handing out at community fairs, school open houses and other events. 

  • Cub Scouts in Cortland County trifold brochure - PDF

  • Boy Scouts in Cortland County trifold brochure - PDF

  • Cub Scouts in Tompkins County trifold brochure - PDF

  • Boy Scouts in Tompkins County trifold brochure - PDF


Ithaca School District Flyer Policy

All Ithaca units who are considering distributing flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School District Flyer Policy.
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer


Taughannock District Facebook Group

I've created a Facebook Group for Taughannock District - Baden Powell Council.  The link is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/153733998161241/  Hopefully we can use this to begin relaying events on to District members.  We'll have to see how it works.  The email method seems to be touch and go with our Troop as they overlook emails.  Having another avenue to relay information can't hurt.

Lee Stepp


Advancement and Recognition News


  • Cub Advancement News: See our Advancement page for more information. 
  • Scout Advancement News: See our Advancement page for more information.
    • Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement Page for details.  
    • Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement page
    • BSA introduced a number of new merit badges:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! 
      • Sustainability - released July 15, 2013

      • Programming - released July 15, 2013

      • Digital Technology (replacing Computers) - released April 16, 2014

      • Animation - released May, 2015

      • Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014

      • Signs, Signals and Codes - released February 26, 2015

      • Computer Aided Design - no date yet

      • Advanced Computing - no date yet


Activity and Program News


See the Activities Page or Camping Page for information on upcoming events. 


District News


 

  • Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:

    • Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)

    • Advancement (Cub and Scout)

    • Finance

    • Membership

    • Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cincinnatus. 

  • Long hours, no pay, great job satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week), so act NOW! Contact the District Executive or District Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 


Council News

Welcome to Baden-Powell Council's new Scout Executive

 I'm pleased to announce that Richard (Rick) Christ has been signed as the new Scout Executive of the Baden-Powell Council. He will begin his position on May 1, 2015.  

Rick was the standout candidate selected from a very talented pool of finalists. My thanks go out to the Selections Committee for their preparation, perspective and wisdom in navigating such a talented candidate pool to identify and secure such a quality professional.  

 Rick joins us from the Minsi Trails Council in Lehigh Valley, PA where he has most recently served in the capacity of Assistant Scout Executive. He demonstrated talent in his previous roles as, variously, Field Service, Support Service and Scoutreach Director. He has experience and proven results in fiscal management and fundraising, diversified membership growth and profitable camp operations. The Selections Committee was excited not only by Rick's range of experiences but also by his obvious preparation and early knowledge of the Baden-Powell Council. He came armed with information and new ideas to confront some of the challenges we face.

 Please join me in welcoming Rick, his wife Ann Marie and their two children Blaine (10) and Julia (7) to the Baden-Powell Council.

 Sincerest regards,
Robert C. Andolina
President
Baden-Powell Council  

For council news, see the Baden-Powell Council Website


National and International News

Michael Surbaugh to Serve as Next Chief Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America

Irving, Texas (May 13, 2015) — Following an extensive selection process, the Boy Scouts of America named Michael Surbaugh its next Chief Scout Executive, the organization’s top professional. Surbaugh, the BSA’s current Group Director of HR, Innovation, Exploring and Learning for Life, will provide general direction of administrative work of the BSA. He follows Wayne Brock, who will retire in October, at the conclusion of his three-year term as Chief Scout Executive.

“I am honored and humbled to have been selected as the Boy Scouts of America’s Chief Scout Executive,” said Michael Surbaugh. “As I transition into this role, I am committed to continuing the legacy of leadership to solidify Scouting’s role in the development of America’s youth and to empower our volunteers to deliver the kind of life-changing experiences that can only be found within Scouting.”

Serving as Group Director since 2014, Surbaugh has demonstrated a record of success and achievement in fundraising, membership and program development. He has developed numerous innovative programs designed to meet the needs of employees, volunteers and youth. In each assignment, Surbaugh has also worked to extend Scouting’s reach in disadvantaged communities, Native American outreach, and those with Special Needs.

Surbaugh began his career in 1984 as a District Executive in Jacksonville, FL, and then served as a Senior District Executive and Program Director in Syracuse, NY; Director of Field Services, Director of Development, Field Director and Development Director in Minneapolis, MN; Scout Executive in Sioux Falls, SD; Scout Executive in Appleton, WI; and Scout Executive in Pittsburgh, PA.

Surbaugh is the recipient of many BSA awards including Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow, Wood Badge, and through a strong interest in the out of doors, served as Camp Director and a member of summer camp staffs for 12 years. Surbaugh graduated from Salem College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth Agency Administration.

The Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee was composed of nine members of the BSA National Executive Board and chaired by the president of the BSA, Dr. Robert M. Gates, an Eagle Scout and former secretary of defense.

“Today’s kids need Scouting more than ever, and Michael Surbaugh possesses deep institutional knowledge, operational experience, and personal fortitude to chart a path forward that combines Scouting’s long-standing values and ideas with the forward-thinking and innovative approach our organization needs to help us continue to grow,” Gates said.

In October, Surbaugh will join Gates and National Commissioner Tico Perez, the top volunteer in charge of program quality, to make up the BSA’s “Key 3.” The trio, consisting of two volunteers and one professional, make up the organization’s highest level of leadership at the national level.

 


Unseen for half a century...

Fifty years ago, in Scouting's heyday of 1960-61, the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers of this area held Scout-a-Ramas at Cornell's Barton Hall and Cortland's Armory. We've got a page of pictures of the events, newly discovered in a box of negatives left from the old Council Office. 


Ever wonder how many different Council and District patches we've had? 

Is your collection complete? Mine isn't, but it's close. Take a look at this page and see which you're missing (or I am).


 

 

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